‘Transition’ is often used to mean the time when young people are becoming adults. This is a time when many familiar services change and it is important to be prepared for the new opportunities and challenges in adult life. Family carers need to understand the different ways that services for adults work and the impact of laws affecting adults, such as the Mental Capacity Act.
There are other important transitions in life too, such as moving from primary school to secondary school, or growing older – as an individual and as a family. It is a good idea to be prepared for these too.
Transition: moving on well
The guidance builds on existing good practice and advocates putting the young person at the centre of transition planning and closer engagement with the young person to determine what their aspirations are and what support they need to become more independent as they move out of child healthcare services.
Lost in Transition? How to find your way through. Good practice guide
This guide produced by Dimensions is for everyone who is preparing to support their son or daughter with autism or a learning disability through transition. It should be used together with a number of excellent resources already in existence which we have listed at the back of this guide. It contains statutory planning arrangements for transition, key principles of good transition and the models used at Dimensions. These promote high quality social care services and lead to good outcomes for the young people and adults supported.